A different kind of video game score will fill the Ralston Arena Saturday.
Video Games Live, a concert featuring music from video games spanning decades, will take to the stage with an orchestra, a rock band and a choir to play soundtracks from popular and obscure titles. The concert starts at 8 p.m.
Tommy Tallarico, creator and producer of Video Games Live, has played with the group for 11 years, eight of which have been on tour. A composer for 23 years, Tallarico grew up wanting to combine his two loves in life: music and video games.
“The reason we do this concert is to show the world how far along artistically video games have become,” he said.
It's been a long journey from 8-bit electronic buzzes and beeps when the bad guys explode to resonating symphonic pieces that swell as the last boss lies defeated and the credits roll.
Tallarico said that now, the most memorable games have much deeper storylines and usually involve a great music score on the order of films. Games have taken much inspiration from film, he said, and have greater staying power that way.
“If I talk about 'Tetris,' people instantly remember the music that plays because it's ingrained in your memory,” he said.
Tallarico said one reason game music stays with the fans is because it drives the medium often times more than in film.
Video Games Live has a roster of more than 100 pieces to pull from for each show, and Tallarico said no two shows are alike.
While some mainstays, like the Super Mario Bros. theme, will usually be played simply because of their popularity among fans, pieces are constantly being chosen at fan request. Concertgoers can request what they want to hear by heading to the group's Facebook page at Video Games Live.
For more information about the show, go to VideoGamesLive.com.